2018 What Is The Dream Today?
Keynote speaker David C. Howse is a recognized commentator on the role that the arts can play in shaping our social landscape and for over a decade has been a leader in the nonprofit arts and culture sector. David is committed to leveraging the arts as a tool for social change and practices this work in his role as the Executive Director of ArtsEmerson and Associate Vice President of Emerson College, and formerly as the Executive Director of the Boston Children’s Chorus. David has a very active civic life and serves on various corporate and nonprofit board and advisory councils throughout the country. His TEDx talk, Navigating Race with Truth and Dignity, can be viewed on his website


High School First Place: Sigmund Winiecki, Home School – 9

Second Place: Mekyra Niemela, CHS-10

Middle School Poster: Samantha Chesney, JRMS-7

Special Merit: Hailey Dubois, JRMS-6

2017 What Is Courage?
Alice B. Fogel is the Poet Laureate of New Hampshire. In addition to Strange Terrain, a guide for teachers and readers to appreciating poetry without necessarily “getting” it, she is the author of four poetry collections, including Interval: Poems Based on Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature and the NH Literary Award in Poetry, and Be That Empty, a national bestseller. Fogel is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship and other awards. Her poems appear in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry and Poet’s Choice. Her new collection, A Doubtful House, is forthcoming in 2017. She works with learning disabled students at Landmark College in Putney, VT, and hikes mountains whenever possible.


High School, Written:  First Place: Mekyra Niemela, CHS-9,

Second Place: Isaac Sites, CHS-11

High School, Performed: S J Barney, CHS-10

Middle School Poster:Clayton Kulcsyk, JRMS-6,

Special Merit: Zoe Boyd, JRMS-7

2016 Journey of Peace
Jim Kates was born in 1945 in White Plains, New York, volunteered for the Mississippi Summer Project after his freshman year at Wesleyan University, and spent that summer helping to implement a special court order encouraging voter registration in Panola County. In the fall of 1964, he organized a Friends of SNCC/COFO in Paris, France, to support the work of the American Civil Rights Movement. He returned to Mississippi in 1965, working in Natchez, and later became a public school teacher, a nonviolence trainer for interpersonal and political movements, a poet and a literary translator. Since 1997 he has co-directed the non-profit literary publishing house Zephyr Press, publishers of Letters from Mississippi: Reports from Civil Rights Volunteers & Poetry of the 1964 Freedom Summer. He is a member of the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement.


High School First Place: Emily Chen, CHS-10
Second Place: Leona Duval, CHS-11
Middle School Poster: Caleb Davis, JRMS-8

2015 Inspiring a New Generation

Bill Perry, Jr., knew Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and participated in the 1963 March on Washington. An activist in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s, he served as public affairs director of the National Urban League, founded the Westchester CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) chapter and co-founded CCBE (Council of Concerned Black Executives). A long-time resident of Peterborough, Mr. Perry was founding chair of the board of the Mariposa Museum.


High School: Shannon Weideman, CHS-12
Middle School: Nicholas Bergeron, JRMS-8
Grade School: Emma Tenters, RMS-4








Clayton Kulczyk

Zoe Boyd

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